DMK has to decide on Raja: Congress

November 11th, 2010 - 8:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, Nov 11 (IANS) The Congress Thursday steered clear of the demand from the opposition for Telecom Minister A. Raja’s ouster over the 2G spectrum allocation controversy, and said it was for ally DMK to take a call on his continuation.

Party general secretary Janardan Dwivedi told reporters here that the matter concerning 2G allocation was in the Supreme Court and the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on the issue had not been placed before parliament.

“After being placed in parliament, it (CAG report) will go to the Public Accounts Committee which at present is headed is by a BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) member,” Dwivedi said in response to questions on the party’s stand on Raja’s continuation.

“What is to be done at the party level is for the DMK to discuss and decide. We cannot say anything about it,” Dwivedi added.

Raja is a member of DMK, which is part of the ruling Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA).

Congress sources said the DMK has to take a call on Raja’s resignation as “coalition governments have their limitations”.

The opposition mounted a fresh attack on the government for Raja’s ouster after the CAG report, submitted to the government Wednesday, is believed to have indicted Raja. The scam is said to have caused a loss of Rs.1.76 lakh crore to the government.

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